The love of a dog.

The power of dogs, and other animals, to heal.

The terrible shooting here in Oregon back on the 1st October doesn’t need to be reminded of. Or does it?

For there was a beautiful story that came out of that terrible event that I want to share with you, some three weeks after that tragic day. The story was sent to me by Dan Gomez and appeared on AKC News.



By: Mara Bovsun

Sarena Moore’s dream was to someday open a ranch where she would train horses as therapy animals for handicapped children.

She was pursuing that dream as a business student at Oregon’s Umpqua Community College on October 1, when Christopher Harper-Mercer, 26, burst into her classroom and started shooting, killing nine. Moore, 44, was among them.

She was in her wheelchair, which she needed for debilitating back pain, and her service dog, Bullet, was by her side, when Harper-Mercer burst into their classroom. He ordered the teacher and students to get on the floor. When Moore complied, eyewitness Tracy Heu told the New York Times, the gunman told her to climb back into the chair. She then became his first victim.

Travis Dow, Moore’s fiancé, learned that Moore was among the dead in the massacre, and assumed the dog was gone, too. The next day, he learned that the killer had spared Bullet when police came to his door with the bewildered dog on a leash.

Bullet stayed by Moore’s side through the ordeal, witnesses said, as he had been trained to do.

“He knows she ain’t coming home because he was there when the fatal day happened,” Dow told CNN. Bullet had lived with the couple for seven months and she had trained him to be her helper.

In a statement released by her family, Moore was remembered as a lifelong animal lover. During her teens, she practiced gymnastics on horseback. At the same time, she also raised money to help disabled people learn to ride. “She had a caring heart that was bigger than life itself,” the family wrote. Her Facebook page was filled with images of animals, most recently there were many pictures of her new service dog.

Now, as Dow and Bullet face the world without the kind woman with the bright smile, they’ll lean on one another for strength. “[Bullet] was her world. He was not only her dog, [but] her best friend, beside me” Dow told CNN.

In the wake of the tragedy, other canine comforters traveled to Roseburg, Oregon, to help the community cope. Here’s their story.


I can do no better than to close today’s post with a photograph of Bullet.


12 thoughts on “The love of a dog.

  1. More Americans get killed by gunfire than by car accidents, and car accidents kill much more people in the USA than in Western Europe, and the numbers are going up: shootings in schools were unknown decades ago.


      1. It’s significantly more complicated than that. Americans are taught market based, instead of human based relations. This leads them to believe guns are all they need, when the going gets tough. hence the bad laws, hence the bad conflicts.


      2. But Patrice, what about the quite compelling argument that the Second Amendment, Right to bear arms, adopted nearly 250 years ago, does offer a unique fallback were the USA to be “governed” by those that would wish harm to said USA?


  2. Fake argument lacking integrity. People are not allowed to buy, posses, store what they really need to fight the army, or even the police, let alone SWAT teams: grenades, bazookas, anti-aircraft missiles, C4, etc. Handguns will just give soldiers an excuse to shoot the neighborhood. Contemplate Palestinians versus Israeli army.


  3. So sad a story, as ALL of the shootings are that we hear of from the USA, and on rare occasions here too where people have run riot with guns.. I am not surprised of the loyalty of this Dog.. My thoughts are with all the victims and their families ..
    Blessings Sue x


      1. Yes, Its horrendous, almost like a switch has been flicked in their brains!!.. I will never come to understand how one can kill multiple times. In cold blood like that..


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